The Divorce Ranch

Catherine MacDonald
The Divorce Ranch


Jada Press
Release Date
June 2013
Historical Novel with Romantic Elements

June 1936: The United States is in the midst of a severe depression, sword-rattling is going on abroad, and the divorce craze is sweeping through Reno, Nevada. People flock to the biggest little city in the world to gain freedom from loveless marriages because Nevada offers uncomplicated and painless divorces. Divorce gives Nevada a unique identity, a cosmopolitan glamour, a splash of sin, and a whiff of celebrity midst the callous landscape of the desert and the rugged Sierras. Without the divorce trade, Reno would be just another stop on the railroad track. Instead it is an untamed frontier town and gambler's paradise. Enter Maggie Warner Carmichael. She arrives from New York to divorce her husband because of adultery—his, not hers. The darling of Hollywood, Dorothy Adams' affair becomes food for the press, and she is sent by her producer to divorce her husband. Claire Brown's marriage and life crumbles, and to avoid humiliation, she is sent to Reno by her parents. Staying on the ranch opens up a new world—one with denim, horses, and handsome cowboys. While waiting out their required six weeks, these women form a sisterhood where they help each other through Helen's death, Claire's little habit, Dorothy's romantic encounters, and Maggie's naiveté. The camaraderie they experience allows them the freedom to be themselves and when their divorces are granted, they kiss the columns and throw their rings into the rushing waters of the Truckee River. While the divorce ranches are long gone, their history still lingers throughout the region.


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